The Tiger Next Door, a documentary film about white tigers in captivity in the US

The Tiger Next Door


The Tiger Next Door is an independent documentary film production of Rolling River Films produced in association with Animal Planet. Made possible, in part, by grants from the New York State Council of the Arts and The Culture and Animals Foundation.




Camilla Calamandrei,  Director & Producer

Award winning documentary filmmaker and interactive producer Calamandrei began her journey into the world of American captive bred tigers in 2003—when a long time tiger owner in the New York area (the “tiger lady” Joan Byron Marasek) was forced to surrender 24 tigers, found to be living in unsafe, inhumane conditions. Following those tigers to their new home in Texas led the filmmaker to a myriad of other captive bred tiger stories around the country. Camilla has previously produced and directed two other independent documentaries about uniquely American stories that were broadcast on PBS and abroad. The historical documentary “Prisoners in Paradise” was voted Best of Festival at the Rhode Island Film Festival in 2001, and the short subject documentary about Ballroom dancing “At Arm’s Length” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990. In addition to making documentary films, Camilla has worked as live action director/producer for The Jim Henson Company, and as a producer of interactive media for Scholastic and LEGO.

Bernadine Colish, Editor

A talented documentary film editor with a great sense of story and poetry, Bernadine Colish is known for crafting films that take audiences seemlessly on complicated, subtle and deeply human journeys. Her recent film “Herb and Dorothy” (director/producer Migumi Sasaki) won the Audience Award at Silverdocs, 2008. The Ellen Spiro/ Phil Donahue documentary that Bernadine edited “BODY OF WAR,” was runner up for the prestigious Audience Award at Toronto Film Fest 2007.

cc_tmaraTamara Goldsworthy, Cinematographer

A passionate animal lover, and talented cinematographer—has built her career shooting independent documentaries, including projects for HBO, the BBC, NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, MSNBC, Burma Border Projects and various independent producers. Her credits include Big Mama, which won the 2000 Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject, “Shut Up and Sing” (2007) and “The Calling” (2008). Goldsworthy got her start in shooting documentaries with the acclaimed veríte cinematographer Joan Churchill.

Dana Kupper, Cinematographer

Dana Kupper was co-winner of the ‘Excellence in Cinematography’ award for the documentary “Stevie” at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. And, was the primary cinematographer on “5 Girls” for Kartemquin Films, which aired on POV (PBS).


Director • Producer
Camilla Calamandrei

Bernadine Colish

Tamara Goldsworthy & Dana Kupper

Location Sound

George Yuri Raicin, Misho Stawnychy, Diane Zander,
Mark Mandler, Andrew Garrison, John Murphy

Original Music

Joel Goodman

Additional Camera

Eddie Marritz, Deborah Lewis, Marie-Joelle Rizk

Creative Advisor

Michelle Ferrari

Consulting Producers

Louise Rosen, Lisa Leeman


Dawn Brown, Judith Calamandrei, Donny Rowles

Business Advisor

David Rudofsky

Title Design

Amit Sethi

For Animal Planet

Marc Etkind, V.P. Development
Erin Wanner, Executive Producer
Betsy LeDonne, Dir. Prod. Management
Vaibhav Bhatt, Assoc. Producer

Splash Studios, New York

Barbara Parks, Sound Editor
Peter Levin, Rerecording Mixer

Framerunner, New York

Keith Shapiro, Online Producer
Jon Fordham, Editor and Colorist

Archival Footage courtesy of:

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Riverside County District Attorney’s Office
IFAW, International Fund for Animal Welfare

KAAL-TV Channel 6
WFLA-TV Channel 8
CNN ImageSource
FOX 59 Indianapolis
Lorri Endicott
Nola Gilles
Eddie Henderson
Brian Czarnik


Margaret Davis, Bonnie Hagenbuch

Web Design

Eric Reckling

Web Site Construction

Jason Chin

Poster Design

Lisa Nelson, Studio D2

Fiscal Sponsor

Women Make Movies


This film was made possible in part from contributions from:
Culture & Animals Foundation

and with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


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A documentary film about captive wild animals, people who keep tigers as pets, backyard tiger breeders, white tigers, the exotic pet trade, the black market for tiger bone, pelts and meat, tiger conservation, and tiger attacks. Also concerning, human-animal relationships, animal law, and animal hoarding in the United States — as in the case of Terry Thompson in Zanesville, Ohio.  Filmed on location in  Indiana, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, California, and Wisconsin. Director, Producer Camilla Calamandrei, Rolling River Films.